About the Conference

The Internet of Things is the interconnection of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data via the Internet. In 2020 it is predicted that there will be some 30 billion internet connected things in use worldwide, up from 23 billion when this conference was first run in 2018. The global agricultural IoT market is expected to reach around $30 billion by 2023. This is a topic that everyone involved in the food system, from farmer to consumer, from researcher to investor, needs to understand and engage with. The Internet of Things for Food, Dublin 2020 will consider the full food chain, from primary production to consumer, examining the IoT for Food from different perspectives, including research, innovation, modernisation, choice, consumption and ethics.

The plenary sessions will address industry, academic, regulation/NGO and investment interests in IoT4F, with a focus on:


  • IoT on the farm

  • IoT in the food factory

  • IoT in food retail

  • IoT for food in the home

  • IoT in a circular bioeconomy


In addition, there will be specific academic sessions, commercial demonstrations and design activities.

History of the Conference

In November 2016 the first IC3-Foods conference was held at UC Davis, California, USA. IC3-Foods has the objectives of advancing the burgeoning fields of Food Systems, Food, and Health Informatics. Its vision is to support the development of the global technological infrastructure for the Internet of Food. California combines the fifth largest agricultural economy in the world with the leading tech development ecosystem (Silicon Valley).


The first conference explored the idea of the Internet of Food. The second IC3-Foods conference in November 2017 began to look at how the computational infrastructure can be designed and constructed. It was realised that Ireland has similar attributes to California, having a significant agricultural economy and being host to the European headquarters of many leading tech companies.


IoT4F Dublin 2018 was conceived to focus on hardware (IoT) to reflect the software focus of the US conferences. A future IC3-Foods Asia conference will focus on artificial intelligence and we plan to run this conference annually for a number of years so this is a “ground floor” opportunity for exhibitor involvement.

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